Who Treats a Mesothelioma Patient?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by exposure at some point to Asbestos, it can be overwhelming to consider what is next. The first step after a diagnosis is to be aware of who are the doctors that treat Mesothelioma. It is important to seek out doctors that are specialists in treating Mesothelioma. Ones that see, treat, and are in a community of other medical specialists that work with Mesothelioma and participate in regular clinical trials in mesothelioma.
The first specialist that you may become introduced to is a type of surgeon who specializes mesothelioma –
A thoracic surgical oncologist. This is a doctor who specializes in the surgeries of the pleural (the lungs) and pericardial (the sac that surrounds the heart) types of mesothelioma.
The same goes for the abdomen if the mesothelioma is located there, where you would have an abdominal surgeon who would treat the peritoneal ( abdominal lining and cavity) type of mesothelioma.
A surgeon is part of your treatment team who may be removing abnormal cells and tumors called mesothelioma from any of the regions where mesothelioma typically develops.
The second specialist would be a radiation oncologist. These are doctors who specialize in cancers and how they are treated with radiation therapies. They choose and deliver radiation therapies to a patient with cancer. Radiation therapy is a specialized type of ionized radiation that is directed by way of a linear accelerator to specific locations where the cancer is to control or kill the malignant cancer cells.
The third specialist would be a medical oncologist who is a specialist in cancers as well as the radiation oncologist but who specializes in determining and coordinating treatments for the cancer through different and appropriate forms of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that used one or more anti-cancer drugs as a regimen attempting to eliminate the cancer. It may be done to try to cure the cancer, to prolong the life of the patient, or simply to reduce some of the symptoms associated with the cancer.
All these persons involved in the treatment of Mesothelioma are part of a team where after you are diagnosed the oncology team work together to create a care plan to work towards the ultimate goal of trying to do the very best to treat you and your mesothelioma cancer.
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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma contact our lawyers at Charles Boyk Law today so we can discuss these important issues with you or your loved one. We are experienced in Mesothelioma and with the special issues that arise from this diagnosis. We will listen and work hard to see if an asbestos related exposure is responsible for your Mesothelioma. Contact our caring and compassionate team today.